Guest blog by Forrest Bandor, Manager

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There is undeniable beauty in every corner of Fort Wayne, especially the outdoors.

It took one moment of pondering and appreciation of our rivers, and the idea of starting a business came like a splash to our owners, Tim and Cara Hall. Great for kids, and all ages, water is truly confidence-inspiring, yet they thought it interesting that no one has wanted or tried to capitalize on the rivers to start a business yet.

It was in 2007 that this idea became a reality. Fort Wayne Outfitters was launched by Tim and Cara as an avenue to share their great love and care for the outdoors and rivers to the community. They fell in love with a building that was once an 1880s train depot, and established the business there.

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Our mission is to celebrate outdoor recreation, and “help in keeping Fort Wayne unique by supporting active lifestyles, encouraging waterfront activities, and engaging in environmentally conscious business practices.”

Shop the Best Outdoor Supplies

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Elevate your outdoor adventure by selecting the best outdoor gear, bikes, bike accessories, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards from known brands such as Scott, Cannondale Hobie, Prana, Patagonia, and Kuhl from our shop! As much as we care about the environment, we make sure the brands that we carry genuinely do, too.



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You can experience Fort Wayne’s three rivers on a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard through our rentals as long as the weather permits!

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Prefer to explore new terrain on two wheels? We offer road, mountain and hybrid bike rentals for adults that include a helmet, a lock, and the best insider information on local riding spots.



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If you’re in need of bike repairs from a quick flat tire fix, to an overhaul, our team of skilled mechanics can handle any repair to help you get back on the road or trail.


Topnotch Customer Service

Like our owners, all of our staff are excited to share our passions with you whenever you visit our shop, whether it’s about biking, kayaking, or the general outdoors. Before you begin your adventure on the waterways and trails, we will equip you with all the needed details and get you safely on your way. We value in-depth conversations so we can give our customers exactly what they might need and want.

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The opening of Promenade Park in 2019 gave us a boost since we are located in the center of it. Our vision got bigger as operations became busier. Our kayak rentals became more accessible, and are now fully compliant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to cater handicapped people.

We are constantly evolving and are improving everything we offer. Later this year, we’re planning to have a small café to provide the perfect hang out spot. Featuring a quiet place with nice outdoor seating, people can grab deli sandwiches, and have a beer or wine after their outdoor trip!

It’s time to plan your next outdoor adventure with the Fort Wayne Outfitters! Visit us at the Old Historic Cass Street Depot on the beautiful River Greenway Path, and the Saint Mary’s River. Check out our websiteFacebook, and Instagram for details!

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Forrest Bandor is the store manager of Fort Wayne Outfitters. He’s been with the shop since Promenade Park opened in August 2019. Starting part time, he enjoyed the atmosphere and being part of the central hub of downtown. Soon enough, he was offered a full-time position, and it was an easy choice for him. Forrest is a big advocate of having a healthy lifestyle, and a lover of the outdoors. He has gotten multiple bikes at FW Outfitters, and he enjoys biking to work as much as possible.